Ahnold Be Warned—
Beware The Sermonator
Story and Photos by Tim Boxer
URING the invocation at the annual dinner of the Jewish Community Relations Council of New York, Rabbi Joseph Potasnik of Congregation Mount Sinai in Brooklyn Heights revealed that his congregants call him The Sermonator.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg told the dinner guests at The Plaza of his recent visit to Israel. Former Mayor Ed Koch accompanied him to Israel and regaled everyone with accounts of a previous trip when he was hit on the head by a rock.
“It was one of the highlights of his career,” Bloomberg chuckled.
JCRC president Ezra G. Levin presented Rebuilders of New York Awards to Con Edison, Verizon, Lehman Brothers managing director Ruth Horowitz and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly to the applause of such guests as pr exec Howard Rubenstein, UJA-Federation chief John Ruskay, Floyd Abrams, AIPAC head Bernice Manocherian, Baruch College president Ned Regan, Barnard College president Judith Shapiro, NYPD Deputy Commissioner Stephan Hammerman among many others.
“Everybody really does love Raymond,” Bloomberg said.
The top cop said the war on terrorists continues, adding, “The victims of hate crimes should know that such crimes will be met with the full force of the police department.”
New York Stock Exchange president/ceo Dick Grasso, under continued fire for salary payouts, was unflappable as he presented the corporate awards.
“We would not have heard the opening bell again on Sept. 17 without the wonderful efforts of Con Edison and Verizon,” said the embattled chief of the big board.
JCRC, expertly managed by executive vice president Michael Miller, represents some 60 organizations under a single umbrella to protect Jewish interests and reach out to the entire community in harmony.
My Nina told Bloomberg: “Mayor Michael, I want to let you know you’re doing a phenomenal job.”
“You’re the only one who thinks so,” Bloomberg responded, “you and my mother.”